St. Joseph of Arimathea was founded in 1963 as the Chapel of Our Savior and, with the Church of Our Savior in Gallatin Tennessee, formed a single mission of the Episcopal Church in Sumner County. St. Joe’s was received into the Diocese of Tennessee as a mission in its own right, named after St. Joseph of Arimathea, in January of 1967.
The congregation became a self-supporting parish in 1975.
The following clergy have served the parish over the years:
- 1963-1966 The Rev. William R. Baird, Vicar
- 1966-1970 The Rev. John Lohmann, Vicar
- 1970-1972 The Rev. Richard Williams, Vicar
- 1973-1981 The Rev. John C. Sterling, Vicar & Rector
- 1982-1991 The Rev. Paul Sheilds Walker, Rector
- 1992-1998 The Rev. Middleton Wooton, Rector
- Oct. 1998-Nov. 1999 The Rev. James Hall, Interim
- 1999-2001 The Rev. Samuel R. Clarke, Rector
- 2003-2007 The Rev. Patrick Allen, Rector
- 2007-2009 The Rev. Jill Zook-Jones, Interim
- 2010-present The Rev. Joseph B. Howard, Rector